Tarumbwa, Zephania resurface at Bosso

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Bantu Rovers striker Obadiah Tarumbwa

OBADIAH Tarumbwa and Zephania Ngodzo joined Highlanders players for a two-hour training session at Hartsfield Rugby Ground under the watchful eye of the new technical team led by head coach Bongani Mafu.

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Tarumbwa and Ngodzo, former Bosso players, played for Bantu Rovers in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League last season and yesterday trained with Highlanders together with Chicken Inn goalkeeper Liberty Chirava and midfielder Canaan Nkomo.

They joined senior players Felix Chindungwe, Mthulisi Maphosa, Innocent Mapuranga, Simon Munawa, Erick Mudzingwa, Dumisani Ndlovu, Rahman Kutsanzira, Gabriel Nyoni and Welcome Ndiweni.

Zephania-Ngodzo
Zephania-Ngodzo

The senior players were secluded from a host of about 60 trialists that swamped Hartsfield Rugby Ground yesterday as Highlanders got into their second day of pre-season training.

Trialists continued with their session after the seniors had left. Mafu said he had not called anyone, but everyone was free to give it a try.

“I have not invited anyone, but honestly there are some players who are tried and tested who cannot go through the trials,” he said.

“I know some of these players and if I want them it will depend on me and not on how they have necessarily fared in these training sessions.

“We have about 20 players from last year. I asked them to come because I want to have a look at them. We have about four-and-a-half teams (over 60 players) on trials. What I have just told these players is my philosophy of play and that if they are over the age of 28, they may just as well bid us farewell.”

Obadiah-Tarumbwa
Obadiah-Tarumbwa

Also at training yesterday from last year’s team were Webster Chingodza, Simba Sithole, Hillary Madzivanyika, Knox Mutizwa, Ozias Zibande, Tapiwa Dephistara, King Nadolo and Godfrey Makaruse.

How Mine striker Edmore Muzanenhamo trained with the senior team.

Conspicuous by their absence were 2014 Golden Boot joint winner Charles Sibanda, Njabulo “Tshiki” Ncube and Joel Ngodzo, who hogged the limelight last year over incidents of indiscipline, goalkeepers Ariel Sibanda, Munyaradzi Diya and Njabulo Nyoni, left-back Bruce Kangwa and midfielder Pasca Manhanga.

Diya is understood to be eyeing a move to Triangle where former Bosso head coach Kelvin Kaindu is favourite to assume the reigns.

Sources at Triangle told our sister paper NewsDay yesterday that Diya was likely to sign as the Lowveld side was close to snatching former Highlanders’ goalkeepers coach Tembo Chuma from ZPC Kariba.

“We are making an effort to lure Munyaradzi Diya and we are expecting him this week to discuss a transfer,” the source said.

Triangle chairman Lovemore Matikinyidze said they wanted to beef up their squad, without mentioning any names.

“At the moment we are finalising on the issue of our technical bench and the issue of signing new players will be dealt with by our new technical bench, but we always beef our squad during the off-season break,” he said.

Among Bosso trialists were Qinani “Chroma” Sibanda, Ashton Mhlanga, Lucky Nyathi and Lewis “Rambo” Ncube, who was loaned to Division One side Black Boots last year.

Midfielder Douglas Sibanda, who was on loan to relegated Shabanie Mine last year is said to be on his way back to the Bulawayo giants.

3 COMMENTS

  1. yes, it is Mafu who have the final say on who should play for BOSSO but please, let us be mature in our approach to this game of soccer. Mafu must be educated enough to accept the fact that a person over 28 is not useless at all. He is used to coaching children in the UK and therefore does not want anybody who is an adult hey? But Highlanders is not a team of young children but adults and he must sign some players who are even 30 years of age as long as they are excellent. He must remember when Adamski and Murisa came to BOSSO for the last stint, they were older but my, they were better than under 28 year olds. It will be pointless to get all his friends who are below 28 and leave out excellent players above that age. We will wait and see what he does and hope that his policy does not explode in his face. Highlanders is not a creche please.

  2. @Mendeka , how about we allow Mafu do his work and to use his philosophy. With all our elderly statesmen in the line up in past four years we didn’t win the league , im sure he is working on the premise that you have do things differently in order to achieve different results.

  3. No No No; this is precisely what the Bosso Universe is shouting against. Those are old players who have lost their touch. Why should Highlanders give these tired old horses refuge form a future in the soccer wilderness when there is so much untapped talent waiting to be harvested in the junior sides of the Club? They have had their turn and now it is time to move over just as others before had to do.

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